Superb Nadal beats Thiem to advance to 3rd round in Paris, Murray also through

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Rafael Nadal

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal was up to his task once more as he eliminated young Austrian Dominic Thiem, ranked 57th, in straight sets to reach third round at French Open 2014. The top seed and an eight-time Roland Garros titlist opened the match by rushing to a 5-1 lead before dropping a serve himself. However, he broke for the third time in the set in the following game to move one nil ahead. The king of clay maintained high level of play in the subsequent set and doubled the advantage easily by claiming a couple of breaks. The Austrian prospect stayed motivated and escaped to 3-1 in the third set, but was powerless to stop Rafa pulling off a five straight games run to secure a spot in the last 32 by winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. He will square off against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer next.

“I played well,” said Nadal. “I played the way that I would like to play… and I’m happy the way I returned today… I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the match.”

Likewise, last year’s runner-up David Ferrer entered the round three after surrendering no more than seven games when meeting Italy’s Simone Bolelli. While the Spanish number two was confronted with a few break points over the course of the clash, his 150th-ranked opponent wasted all of them and allowed the fifth seed to advance with a minimum of fuss. He converted on the third match point to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and set up a round of 32 encounter with another Italian Andreas Seppi, seed number twenty-one.

Seventh seed Andy Murray also strolled through his second round match to eliminate the World no. 66 Australian Marinko Matosevic in less than two hours of tennis. The British hope got off to a flying start as he broke in the initial game before saving four break back points to hold on to the advantage. He wrapped up the opener by stealing the opponent’s serve again and added two more breaks in the second set to extend the gap between them. The Olympic champion marched on in the set three where he constructed a 5-1 lead and while he suffered the only loss of serve in the following game, he ended the clash on a high note by breaking to love to seal a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 triumph. The French Open 2011 semi-finalist is scheduled to play 28th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber next.

Also through to the third round are twelfth seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet who defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 and 21-year-old Jack Sock who prevailed in an all-American clash against Steve Johnson: 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.

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